Wear your vintage watch with elegance and caution. Avoid wearing it while performing high-intensity activities or in environments that could potentially damage it. Remember, not all vintage watches are created to withstand water or shock.
- For instance, if you plan on doing something active, such as tennis of golf, consider removing the watch from your wrist, as sudden movements of the arm can be damaging.
- Up until the middle of the 50's, the waterproofing of watches was not practiced by manufacturers, meaning that antique watches manufactured before this period are particularly vulnerable to water and moisture.
Make it a habit to wind your watch fully each morning and a bit in the evening (3-5 turn). Leave it on a flat surface, dial side up, overnight to maintain accuracy.
Stay clear of fully tightening the mainspring, as this can lead to a rupture in the vintage spring metal. Instead, wind the mainspring to slightly more than half-tension for optimal timekeeping and safety.
Keep your vintage watch shining with regular, careful cleaning. Use a soft, lint-free cloth for the case and bracelet. Remember—never immerse your watch in water unless it's rated for water resistance.
Regular professional maintenance ensures your timepiece functions flawlessly. Look for signs of necessary service such as inaccuracies in timekeeping, condensation under the crystal, or a worn-out strap.
In order to operate smoothly, it is recommended that you get your vintage watch serviced every 5–6 years.
Safeguard your timepiece during periods of non-use. Store your watch in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight or sources of magnetism.
Protect your vintage investment with a suitable insurance. Keep a record of all documentation, including watch passport, servicing history, and purchase receipt — it's vital for future service or potential resale.
Our Tips for Longevity
Never operate the crown while wearing the watch.
Making minor adjustments to your watch while it's on your wrist might seem convenient, but it can apply upward pressure on the crown and potentially bend the stem. As the stem isn't designed for such stress, it can easily fail. Always interact with the crown, whether for winding or time adjustment, with the watch off your wrist.Tip Nr.1
Make sure the crown is snug against the case or screwed down.
An exposed crown invites dust, dirt, and moisture - prime threats to mechanical watches. Always confirm that the crown is pushed back in post time-setting. If your watch has a screw-down crown, ensure it's fully tightened before wearing."Tip Nr.2
Set the time forward only
While many high-quality watches tolerate both backward and forward adjustments, some date-complication models can be damaged by counter-clockwise settings. To ensure complete safety, it's wise to form a habit of setting the time clockwise."Tip Nr.3
Drier is better
Keeping your vintage watch away from moisture is a great idea. This applies not just to swimming and showering but also to steamy bathrooms. Remember, steam is simply water vapor. Activities like doing dishes and exposure to rain should also be avoided with your watch.Tip Nr. 4
Check and inform your insurance
Notify your insurance provider of new watch purchases using our Zurichberg receipt and certificate. Understand what your policy covers, as some include outdoor incidents and theft, but might limit the insured value of luxury items. Whether you buy what you can afford to lose or need added security, choose what fits your needs.Tip Nr. 5
Stick to a 5-6 year service interval.
It is smart to stick to this interval since the oils in watch movements dry out over time, , increasing friction and causing wear and tear. Remember, a comprehensive service by a skilled watchmaker using original parts can be expensive. Depending on the watch's brand and complexity, it can cost from hundreds to thousands of Swiss francs,Tip Nr. 6
These manuals offer invaluable insights on the operation and care of various Swiss vintage watches.